March 25, 2014

LSU students Brandon Oubre, computer science and mathematics major from Norco and Paxton Turner mathematics major from Baton Rouge, have been awarded the prestigious, nationally competitive Goldwater Scholarship by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, and Rachael Keller of West Monroe and Paul Koenig of Zachary received Honorable Mention. This marks the consecutive third year that all LSU nominees are recognized by Goldwater Foundation.

“Our congratulations go out to these four students for being recognized on a national level by the Goldwater Foundation,” said LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander. “We also applaud them for their pursuit of degrees and careers in the STEM disciplines, and we look forward to watching their careers as they complete their studies at LSU.”

All four students are members of the LSU Honors College, and Oubre is also a LA-STEM Research Scholar.

Oubre is a junior pursuing a double major in computer science in the College of Engineering and mathematics in the College of Science. He is currently working in LSU’s Robotics Research Lab on the creation of a low-cost robot that can be used in the classroom to provide students with hands-on electronics and programming experience.

“We are extremely proud of Brandon’s recognition as a Goldwater Scholar,” said Rick Koubek, dean of the LSUs College of Engineering. “Such success is a testament to the talents of our undergraduate students and recognition of our quality computer science program.”

Oubre is also working on a collaboration between Microsoft and LSU to develop a geometry tutoring web application system. He plans to obtain a Ph.D. in computer science and is interested in conducting research on robotics for an academic or government organization.

“Brandon is an ideal scholar, who has greatly contributed to LSU and LA-STEM,” said Isiah Warner, LSU Boyd Professor and vice chancellor of strategic initiatives. “He possesses the intellectual prowess and motivation equivalent to accomplished researchers. I am certain his work will impact the scientific community on a global level. We are extremely proud of his Goldwater recognition!”

Among the other honorees, Turner is a junior pursuing a major in mathematics, Keller is a junior pursuing a major in mathematical science, and Koenig is a sophomore pursuing a major in chemistry all in the College of Science.

“The Honors College is exceptionally proud of these students for earning such impressive recognition on a national stage,” said LSU Honors College Dean Nancy Clark. “Their outstanding scholastic achievements in science, math and engineering are a credit to themselves and the university as a whole, and this is further proof of the academic excellence of LSU.”


Article excerpted from LSU media release by Ernie Ballard. For more information about LSU’s computer science program, visit


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